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The Government of Finland has awarded the International Gender Equality Prize on 2nd December 2019 in Tampere. The prize, which was awarded for the second time, was presented to Equality Now, a global non-profit organisation, which has succeeded in changing discriminatory laws and ossified practices in different countries. The prize ceremony took again place at Tampere Hall.
Minister of Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist awarded the prize to Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now, in Tampere on 2 December, 2019.
“Gender equality has been a conscious political decision that has made Finland one of the most successful countries in the world on many levels,” Prime Minister Antti Rinne says. “We believe it helps societies to succeed. With the help of the prize, Finland wants to bring about actions that will accelerate progress for gender equality around the world,” Rinne adds.
The prize money of EUR 300,000 will be allocated to the organisation’s campaign for equal family law.
Equality Now commends the Finnish Government for recognising the importance of gender equality and creating the prize. “Equality for women and girls is the solution to some of the biggest challenges the world is facing today – peace and security, poverty eradication and climate change. In addition to being the right and just thing to do, it is also the smartest investment for humanity”, says Hassan.
Tampere Hall organized the international prize ceremony for the second time in cooperation with Prime Minister’s Office and City of Tampere. Guests from Finland and all over the world joined the ceremony to discuss gender equality.
Text: Anne Sivula
Photo: Anna-Kaisa Noki